Charles Painting was born in Kingsclere Hampshire in 1881 and married Sarah Odell (from Islington London) in Alton in 1908.
|The house that has replaced the original Pear Tree Cottage.|
By 1911 his parents and five brothers and sisters were living in Bentworth but he and his wife and his sister-in-law, were living in Kingsley, in Pear Tree Cottage at The Straits.
He is identified as a farm labourer, so he may well have worked at Kingsley Fruit Farm.
Charles enlisted at Alton at the beginning of the war, on the 12th September 1914, (though the Rev. Laverty notes it as 5th August) with the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment (No. 5813), aged 34. He must have been in the army previous to this date as he had already received two South African medals with three bars.
After re-enlisting he was only with his regiment for less than two months before he died from his wounds, received in action, at the Boulogne Hospital on 5th November and he was buried at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (IIIB.30). Charles was recorded in the Parish Magazine of June 1915 as one of “Our Defenders ….killed”.
He is also on the Bordon Roll of Honour (though the date shown is 26 September 1914).
His wife and sister-in-law must have moved from Kingsley to Headley soon after he died, as the Rev. Laverty wrote :
“…come to Tibolds no. 3 and there January 1915. Widow married 1906 (it was 1908!) of a soldier (Private) Edward Charles 1st Hants. who had served 20 years or more (Not exactly accurate as Edward Charles was only 34 when he enlisted!).He rejoined 5.9.1914 and died in Boulogne Hospital…..Her sister is Elizabeth O’dell.”
Mrs Painting subsequently married Frank Coombes of Headley but died in Park Prewitt in 1925.